General Information

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Released Year: 2018
Runtime: 116 minutes
Genre: Action, Biography, Crime, Drama, Sport
Directors: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire
Writers: Nick Saltrese
Casts: Joe Cole, Vithaya Pansringarm, Nicolas Shake, Billy Moore, Panya Yimmumphai, Somlock Kamsing, Pornchanok Mabklang, Sura Sirmalai, Sakda Niamhom, Komsan Polsan, Chaloemporn Sawatsuk
IMDB: A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

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IMDB Rating: 7.0


Empire - Andrew Lowry
For all the flying fists and the hero’s nightmarish predicament, the notions of redemption examined here are plenty deep. Add that to the bone-crunchingly effective technique and flawless lead performance, and you have yourself something very rare: a testosterone-driven narrative that’s about nurturing, rather than destruction. And one that achieves a bleeding-knuckled profundity.
The Hollywood Reporter - Leslie Felperin
Prayer dwells with almost swooning rapture on the bodies of young men as they mete out brutal violence on one another, and features a cast composed mostly of unknowns, impressively coached in order to deliver arresting turns onscreen.
Screen International - Fionnuala Halligan
Cole, best known for a supporting role in the TV series Peaky Blinders, gives everything to this role. It’s a physical transformation in which he convincingly plays a beaten, battered-to-a-pulp boxer who learns the rules of Muay Thai, but also a deep internal reach to deliver a complex, defiantly self-sabotaging character with depth of understanding.
Variety - Guy Lodge
At once exhausting and astonishing, this no-holds-barred adaptation of British junkie-turned-pugilist Billy Moore’s Thai prison memoir is a big, bleeding feat of extreme cinema, given elevating human dimension by rising star Joe Cole’s ferociously physical lead performance.
IndieWire - Ben Croll
Jean-Stephane Sauvaire’s film is not so much the story of a fighter as it is a story that wants to fight you.

A Prayer Before Dawn (2017)

The true story of Billy Moore, an English boxer incarcerated in Thailand's most notorious prison. Thrown into a world of drugs and violence, he finds his best chance to escape is to fight his way out in Muay Thai tournaments.